Moving the profession forward: McMaster brings Ontario engineering leaders together

by Ciara McCann
May 30, 2017

McMaster Engineering
The PEO-CODE Workshop brought together 40 engineering leaders from across Ontario to discuss the current and future roles of engineers in society.

What does the future hold for Ontario’s engineers? That was the question on everyone’s mind at Monday’s PEO-CODE Workshop, held on campus.

Hosted by McMaster Engineering, the event brought together 40 engineering leaders from across Ontario to discuss the current and future roles of engineers in society.

At the workshop, participants from the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Council of Ontario Deans of Engineering (CODE) focused on how to ensure graduates can remain relevant in a changing world.

“Given the complexity of global challenges and anticipated disruptions due to new technologies, we wish to ensure that engineering education is relevant to the Engineer of 2025,” said Ishwar K. Puri, dean of engineering at McMaster University. “For the first time in Ontario, this workshop has brought together engineering educators, professional engineers and regulators of the profession to engage with this important issue and each other.”

According to Puri, today’s engineers must possess a wide range of knowledge and skills, both technical and interpersonal. “The future demands engineers who can conduct effective problem analysis, complex investigations and designs, and can use engineering tools,” he explained. “Engineers must also be able to work in teams, have superior communication skills and profes­sionalism, understand the impact of engineering on society and the environment, and foster ethics and equity.”

Bob Dony, president of PEO, worked with Puri to organize the workshop. PEO is the licensing and regulating body for engineering in the province.

“We recognize the leadership role educational institutions play in innovation of both the technology for the profession as well as the education of the future generation of profes­sionals,” explained Dony. “We need to make sure that the regulator and the higher education institutions work closely together to move the profession forward.”

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